About Me

Hello, I’m Melissa, founder and voice behind the shopping & lifestyle blog, All Things Simplified. I launched this blog in 2014 after my husband and I fulfilled a longtime dream of moving our family from Central Florida to the Northwest Rocky Mountains of Montana, in an attempt to simplify our lives in every aspect, to change the way we go about each day, to live life at a slower pace, and spend more time experiencing the great outdoors with our sons. This blog is a place to share that journey and my personal quest for all things simplified...lovely clothes, beautiful wardrobes, smart budgets and shopping, life adventures and experiences, daily domestics, and much more.

Prior to All Things Simplified I authored the blog Fabulous Florida Mommy, which was created in 2008 to showcase the set designs I styled by request for a weekly segment called 'Dear FFM: Help Put Together a J.Crew Outfit for Me' on the J.Crew Aficionada blog. That blog later expanded to include my other personal interests including shopping, beauty, personal picks, kids, homeschooling, food, and much more. Once I moved to the Northwest United States however, I retired the blog, creating All Things Simplified to take its place.

A little more about me...I was born in the north, but my parents moved to Florida when I was two, so that is where I spent my childhood, teen years, and much of my adult life. I traveled to Europe after graduating high school, and spent several months exploring the beautiful sites in many of the countries. In my early twenties I worked on a ranch in Great Falls, Montana, lived with a friend on Long Island, NY, and spent time in Memphis, TN to be with my 5 year-old cousin who was then a patient at St. Jude Research Hospital for Children. I started dating my husband in my mid-twenties and we married a couple years later. We have four sons ages 18, 13, 11, and 9. They are all funny, loving, inquisitive, and full of life...there's never a dull moment when they're around! I am a girly-girl, a-type personality who likes to keep things clean and organized, so needless to say I have had to learn to just take a deep breath and 'not sweat the small stuff' when it comes to living in a house full of boys.





I am CEO of my household and owner of this website, so I wear many hats which include wife, mother, home educator, domestic diva, bargain hunter, personal shopper, and style consultant to name just a few. I find great joy in sharing my discoveries of beautiful items and images, lovely clothes, information on sales, and any bargains I may come across. I love to help other women shop for items that enhance their wardrobe and personal body-type, making them feel good about themselves, and happy with their purchases. I have written numerous blog posts about planning purchases and staying on budget , as well as dressing for the size you are now. I have always had a passion for putting together lovely outfits and thoroughly enjoy styling looks for clients using a combination of new purchases and items already in their wardrobe, as well as helping them pack for trips and vacations to help ease the 'stress' of figuring out just what to take. I do offer online services which allow me to work remotely with clients anywhere in the world. You can read testimonials from two of my 'long distance' clients here.



My new life in the mountains has been an exciting experience so far, and one that I look forward to sharing with you! I am really glad you're here, and hope you'll stay awhile! If you have a question, comment, anything you want me to share, are interested in my styling services, or simply just want to say hi, please email me at allthingssimplified.me@gmail.com. Thank you so much again for stopping by!






12 comments:

  1. I am looking forward to reading about you new life!

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  2. Congratulations on launching your new blog, Melissa! I look forward to reading about your new life and adventures in the Northwest. :)

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  3. Melissa, nice to see your new blog. I hope you enjoy your new life with your family in Montana.

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    1. Thank you so much JRSConifer! I really appreciate you stopping by! :)

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  4. Congratulations on the daring move, and best wishes for your simplified life.

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  5. I just ran across your "new blog"! I used to read your former Florida blog quite a bit after I found it on J.Crew Aficionada. It's been hard to keep up with blogs as my kids have gotten older and we are oh so busy! But funny thing, my husband and I are also thinking of relocating our family from Missouri to Montana in a few years and have the first of 4 trips planned for shortly after the new year to scout it out as we've never been. I am very excited to dive into your blog and see how you all have adjusted after relocating and how you feel about your new home. I, like you, am very Type A, clean, organized so I feel this will be a challenge moving to the great outdoors that my husband and children adore so much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated regarding towns and cities in Montana that you find family-friendly.

    Take care,

    Nicole

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    1. Hi Nicole! I'm so glad you 'found' me again! Life in Montana is awesome, so I'm sure you would adjust easily to life here. Granted there isn't a whole lot of shopping, but that is easily done online these days, and most of the women here love their fashion and shopping, too. :) Also, I believe there is a lot of misconception about Montana, with people thinking that anyone who lives here is isolated and not modernized, but that's really not the case anymore. As for family friendly...most of Montana is just that. However, Missoula is a larger city, so you get the hussle and bustle there with tons of traffic, and the people are less friendly than the rest of Montana. We live by the Flathead Lake on the west side of the state, and the temperatures are milder here in the winter than they are on the east side. The main cities in the west are Missoula and Kalispell, with lots of smaller towns sprinkled all along the way. Where do you plan to visit when you come next year?

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